Northwestern is the first B1G team examined. (Other team so far: Louisville, UConn and Iowa State).
Lindsey Pulliam is the avatar for this emergent age of Northwestern women’s hoops. Landmark recruit, leading scorer as a freshman, now twice a first-team All-Big Ten performer with honorable mention All-America status as a junior to top it off. She craves big moments and produces in them. Pulliam enters her final season with a very good shot at becoming only the third player in program history to amass 2,000 career points. We’ll expand on a particularly defining trait in the Spotlight section — when Pulliam decides to get better at something, she usually does — but, generally, the 5-foot-10 senior is where it all begins and ends for this team.
What to expect from a five-star freshman ranked in the top 50 of the Class of 2020? Well, just about everything. Anna Morris has the size Northwestern needs at 6-foot-3 and the skill set to make an impact with multi-level offense right away. Ideally, Morris makes up in part for Scheid’s absence as the face-up four, only with an even higher high-school pedigree and four years of college basketball ahead of her. “She has a lot of confidence in her shot, which I really like,” Shaw said. “Honestly, it goes in more times than it doesn’t. She’s very calm out there. She doesn’t get frazzled, which a lot of freshmen struggle with.”